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Cruel and Unusual: Should Capital Punishment Hurt?
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for victims and their loved ones.
Many victims and their families do not want vengeance, they want justice. The two are not synonymous.
Including vengeance, especially against innocent people, as a legal consideration undermines the legitimacy of the punishment.
Existing punishments - including the death penalty - already allow victims and their loved ones to feel avenged.
Victims and their loved ones may just as easily be appalled by the cruelty inflicted in their name.